Two Ghazals in Urdu written by freedom fighter, Veer Savarkar during the days of his 11-year imprisonment, in the Andaman Cellular Jail has been discovered by a Dadar based Institute. The ghazals are a part of the notebook kept by Savarkar in the prison and are patriotic in nature. The Ghazals are written in the sublime form of the Urdu Poetry and are written in fluent Urdu. The notebook was discovered by Manjiri Marathe, from the collection of books handed over to her by late S P Gokhale, an associate of Savarkar. Manjiti is a trustee of the Swatantryaveer Savarkar Rashtriya Smarak and daughter of S P Gokhale.
The two ghazals portrays, that runs into five pages states about Savarkar's hope for the freedom of India. Savarkar was imprisoned from 1910 to 1921, in the Andamans. The notebook that contains, the Urdu Ghazal also includes two Hindi poems
The notebook is a handmade and its cover has been designed by sticking the jail records together. As first part, the notebook includes the pictures of Rama, Krishna, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Shivaji, Lokmanya Tilak, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi, which is just like a scrapbook and the cover used is taken from cover-page of Marathi magazine Chitramay Jagat.
The notebook was placed on display at the Smarak opposite Shivaji Park maidan in fourth week of July 2013 and then would be shifted to a museum of Indian revolutionaries being developed by the Smarak.
About Veer Savarkar
• Vinayak Damodar Savarkar born on 28 May 1883 in village Bhagur, near Nashik, Maharashtra was a freedom fighter. He was commonly known as Swatantryaveer Savarkar
• He also was an eminent social reformer, writer, dramatist, poet, historian, political leader and philosopher.
• He was a pioneer of the movement for religious reform in Hindu culture by doing away the caste system prevalent within it. He coined the term Hindutva.
• He was the founder of the student societies that included Abhinav Bharat Society and the Free India Society.
• His published work the Indian War of Independence about the Indian rebellion of 1857 was banned by British authorities.
• Due to his connection with the revolutionary group India House, he was arrested in 1910, after which he was sentenced with two life terms of imprisonment that totaled to fifty years, and was moved to the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
• In 1921 after renouncing the revolutionary activities he was released under restrictions after signing a plea for clemency.
• The airport at Port Blair the capital of Andaman and Nicobar's has been named as Veer Savarkar International Airport.
• Commemorative blue plaque on India House that is fixed by the Historic Building and Monuments Commission for England reads Vinayak Damodar Savarkar 1883-1966, Indian patriot and philosopher lived here.